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The 2014 Audi A3 E-tron plug-in hybrid will launch in 2014, but will make an appearance at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show

Audi revealed its 2014 A3 E-tron, which is the automaker's entry into the plug-in hybrid market.

The 2014 Audi A3 E-tron plug-in hybrid features a 148-HP 1.4-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that offers 100 HP. It gets 188 MPG on the European cycle, and can run 31 miles on electric alone at speeds up to 80 MPH.

Audi also mentioned a new six-speed e-S tronic transmission, which transfers the power to the front wheels. The car can go from zero to 62 MPH in 7.6 seconds.

"The electrification of the drivetrain, above all using plug-in technology, will play a decisive role in the model strategy of (Audi)," said Audi in a statement. "This latest development is designed to give some insight into how the technology will take shape in the Audi models of the future."

The 2014 Audi A3 E-tron plug-in hybrid will launch in 2014, but will make an appearance at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show.

Source: Edmunds

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RE: plug-in?
By KCjoker on 2/22/2013 6:50:29 PM , Rating: 2
Careful you're not supposed to talk about that. And considering how Obama is killing the Coal industry it makes electric cars even less cost effective. And the eco nuts won't allow us to build more nuclear power plants.

RE: plug-in?
By Mint on 2/23/2013 12:54:16 PM , Rating: 2
Romney would make no difference. Natural gas is simply cheaper.

CCGT plants are 60% efficient, because they first work on the expansion of gas during combustion to drive a turbine and then use remaining heat for a steam turbine. Coal just generates heat so you can only do the latter, and is ~35% efficient.

So for raw fuel costs, you need 70% more energy with coal than natural gas. Aside from a short spike, coal has been steady at ~$3/MMBTU before and after Obama: (FYI, 20MMBTU/st)
Natural gas has plummeted in price due to shale mining advancements:

Natural gas needs to almost double in price before coal becomes economically attractive again, even if we subscribed to your apparent policy of completely ignoring pollution.

RE: plug-in?
By tng on 2/23/2013 8:18:59 PM , Rating: 3
Don't forget the concerted effort in the Northwest US to remove all hydroelectric dams.

RE: plug-in?
By Mint on 2/26/2013 1:43:36 PM , Rating: 2
All dams? There are 79000 significant in the US, over 2500 producing power.

Removing a few to restore fish populations isn't a concerted effort to take them all down. Take off the tin hat.

RE: plug-in?
By tng on 2/26/2013 6:11:20 PM , Rating: 2
Removing a few to restore fish populations isn't a concerted effort to take them all down.
Well unless you live in the Portland area, I would doubt that you have heard this, but it is about more than fish populations.

The Spotted Owl was not about the bird, it was about stopping logging, all logging. The Sierra Club, WWF, plus several other environmental organizations have publicly that their goal is to remove all damns from the Columbia/Snake river system and restore the habitats that were originally there. The fish are just a pretense.

RE: plug-in?
By Doug S on 2/27/2013 3:33:32 PM , Rating: 2
During the Bush administration the GOP delcared no added CAFE stds needed since cars would cost thousands more. IN addition the GOP declared there is no proof on climate change. Pres Obama and the DEMS passed CAFE stds for 2025 for a fleet avg of 54 mpg. WE are seeing the engineers at all the auto firms in the world designing green muscle machines of 500 hp getting EPA numbers of 24-26 mpg as does the Z06 Corvette from Chevy. Our new Kia Optima SX Turbo pushes 269 ft lbs of torque at a mere 1750 rpms with a direct injected twin scroll turbo at a amazing 18 psi boost and gets 34 mpg on the highway 29 mpg combined. Muscle cars and super cars having a hybrid system with 800 hp and the limits are unbelievable. Technology is here along with Pres Obama and we climate change crazies. We still love our cars but also love our planet. Changes help all of us and the GOP will evenutally understand after loosing more Pres Elections down the road. The masses believe in clean energy and coal is 18th century. Nuclear has so many problems in disposal. Check out Washington state now with a disaster looming. Underground rods highly radioactive for the next thousand years. Where do we put them?

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